Sumary of The U.S. Will Require Would-Be Immigrants To Prove They’ve Been Vaccinated For COVID:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last month that because its advisory committee has recommended COVID-19 vaccination for all Americans who are eligible to receive it, the vaccine should be required for immigration applicants as well.
- The new rule applies to prospective permanent residents or anyone else who must undergo an immigration medical examination.
- The exams, which are performed by doctors whom the USCIS designates as civil surgeons, can be conducted in the U.S. or overseas — but they won’t be considered complete without either a document showing vaccination against COVID-19, or an approved exception or waiver.
- But there’s also a caveat: prospective immigrants can’t pick and choose which vaccines they reject.
- “The applicant needs to demonstrate opposition to vaccinations in all forms, not just certain vaccinations,” according to the agency.